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Positive start for Camel Honda

Positive start for Camel Honda

Positive start for Camel Honda

Camel Honda riders Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss reported relative progress on the first day of tests in Sepang. Barros is preparing for his tenth season with Honda whilst Bayliss has only just made the switch for Ducati and both riders were satisfied with their performances.

"I'm happy, Things went better today than I had expected after two months spent a long way from the bike," commented Barros, who set a best lap of 2'02.71 after 52 laps. "I thought I'd have to spend more time getting used to it again but in fact I felt comfortable straight away.

"That meant I was able to work on a lot of different settings for my RCV, from engine braking to the clutch, acceleration and front brakes. We didn't do any tyre work but we'll do that tomorrow. I am really satisfied with the times that I set because I was consistently faster than I was at the GP here in October, right from the morning. It really is a good start to the test."

Barros' Chief technician Ramon Forcada added his satisfaction that their testing programme was already well on schedule. "I'm happy with the work we've done on the bike because we've completed the programme of set-up work we decided on yesterday, without any interruptions and improving step by step.

"So now we're ready for the work we have to do tomorrow, which will be different tyre and suspension tests. Alex was particularly concentrated and determined, quick from the first lap and consistent from then on, continually improving. The time is very good, particularly because we didn't use a qualifier or even a soft tyre, just race tyres."

Bayliss, meanwhile, admitted he had struggled somewhat to find a set-up for the RC211V after only previously testing at Jerez and Valencia. "I still haven't found the feeling I had at the previous tests with the RC211V but I think that's pretty normal considering how different the conditions are," who clocked 2'04.8 after 80 laps.

"At the moment I'm trying to find better traction and the data we gathered today will help us to continue working tomorrow, when we will also combine suspension and tyre tests."

Bayliss' Chief technician Santiago Mulero added: "We've worked a lot today, using all the time available in the session to get Troy in the best possible conditions to understand the bike at this circuit, which is very different to Jerez and Valencia in terms of both the track layout and the climatic conditions.

"We did a lot of work on the suspension to improve traction, the point that Troy wanted to concentrate most on. We've gathered a lot of data and over the next two days I'm sure we will find the perfect set-up."

MotoGP, 2005

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